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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 848: Vt-290

Papers of Mima Cataldo, 1983-2015 (inclusive), 1983-1987 (bulk)


Correspondence, photographs, contact sheets, and negatives of Mima Cataldo, artist, photographer, visual sociologist, and feminist who participated in and edited a book on the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.


  • Creation: 1983-2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1983-1987

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mima Cataldo is held by Mima Cataldo during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 6 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 110 slides, 1 video, and electronic records.)

The collection documents Cataldo's work with the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. The papers include correspondence and other materials related to the publication of The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings as well as photographs, slides, negatives, and contact sheets documenting the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. Included in the collection are detailed descriptions of materials by Cataldo, of which some material has been returned to the donor following appraisal by the archivist. Cataldo's web site is being captured periodically as part of the Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX). Cataldo's folder headings were maintained; titles and added information are in brackets and were created by the archivist.

Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL, 2015 (#1.1, E.1), contains Mima Cataldo's biography, curricula vitae, and web site.

Series II, WOMEN'S ENCAMPMENT FOR A FUTURE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE, 1983-1993, 2001, 2015 (#1.2-1.18), includes pamphlets, writings, articles, correspondence, and presentations about the Encampment. A large portion of this series relates to Cataldo's role in publishing the book, The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings.

Series III, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1983-1984, 2015 (#1.19, PD.1-PD.8), includes photographs, slides, and negatives depicting the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. Slides have been removed from their original housing and placed in slide sleeves.

Most of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available online.


Mima Cataldo is an artist, photographer, and feminist activist from New York State. Cataldo studied music at University of Michigan (BA 1965), developmental psychology at Columbia University (MA 1972), social science at Syracuse University (PhD 1979), and library science at Syracuse University (MLS 1997). Cataldo's interest in photography began in 1969. During her graduate studies she started her work in visual sociology, an academic area that combined her photography skills and social science research. Some themes of her documentary photography include peace, social justice, and political activism. In the summer of 1983, Cataldo participated in and photographed the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, a women's camp organized that year near the Seneca (New York) Army Depot to protest the deployment of nuclear weapons. Following the first summer of the Women's Encampment, Cataldo worked with fellow photographer Ruth Putter to compile a collection of photographs and writings from participants documenting the camp to be published. The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings was published in 1987 as a collaboration between Cataldo, Putter, Bryna Fireside, and Elaine Lytel. Following the publication of the book, Cataldo occasionally exhibited her photographs and presented her work on the Women's Encampment at conferences and talks.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Biographical, 2015 (#1.1, E.1)
  2. Series II. Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, 1983-1993, 2001, 2010, 2015 (#1.2-1.18)
  3. Series III. Photographs, 1983-1984, 2015, n.d. (#1.19, PD.1-PD.8)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2015-M190

The papers of Mima Cataldo were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mima Cataldo in November 2015.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, 1980-1995 (86-M253--99-M154)


Donors: Mima Cataldo

Accession number: 2015-M190

Processed by: Lillianne Germain

The following items have been removed and can be found in the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

  1. Ms. Volume XII, Number 6 (December 1983)
  2. Women & Film. Volume 1, Numbers 3 &4 (1973)

Processing Information

Processed: February 2016

By: Lillianne Germain

Cataldo, Mima. Papers of Mima Cataldo, 1983-2015 (inclusive), 1983-1987 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a Hidden Collections grant from the Harvard University Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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